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Transformation Playing Cards, 1811

Transformation Playing Cards, 1811

ransformation playing cards, first published in 1811, in which each card bears a picture in which the suit marks are concealed within the design. This artistic exercise began as an 18th century parlour game and became a popular pastime during the Victorian era when ordinary playing cards would be illustrated in pen and paint.

The first printed 52-card Transformation pack was published in Germany in 1804 and others followed soon afterwards. A facsimile of the pack shown here is published by Harry Margary.   A new facsimile is published by the EPCS.   See also Cries of London.

Cards from the facsimile edition courtesy Giles de Margary.
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Last Updated May 09, 2016 at 05:44pm


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